Vancouver farmers markets offer online ordering and delivery
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“Having an online marketplace is super important,” said Clements. This became more evident during COVID-19 as restrictions and fears of infection keep customers from their usual shopping routines.
That’s why the farm school signed up with BCLocalRoot.ca, which sells and delivers goods to dozens of vendors who typically sell their products and produce at one of Vancouver’s six summer markets.
The Vancouver Farmers Market has partnered with BCLocalRoot.ca to offer customers a third option to shop at the six summer and two winter markets, said Laura Smit, interim executive director of VFM.
She said COVID-19 restrictions have reduced in-person traffic to markets in some locations by 50 percent, leaving online ordering up to individual vendors, who may or may not offer delivery. BCLocalRoot.ca offers a central online system that allows buyers to select items from different suppliers in one order.
“It’s the convenience factor and they’ll deliver it to your door,” she said.
Smit said the service is unique in that buyers can only shop from BC manufacturers. Orders under $ 50 will be charged a delivery fee for the new service that started in early September. And vendors have to sign up, and so far there are fewer than two dozen vendors from Vancouver who mainly sell prepared products like hummus and jam, Smit said.
BCLocalRoot.ca also offers more than 400 BC grown and manufactured products from over 65 brands from nine regions of the province, a press release said.